D-Day veterans gather at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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VETERANS of D-Day once again bound for the beaches of Normandy gathered at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard today.

A group of 50 veterans of D-Day have been joined by 30 US veterans for a commemoration.

A piper at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard today

A piper at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard today

The veterans will crossing to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Friday this week.

Veterans were shown around a restored D-Day landing craft MGB 81, where there was a dedication ceremony.

Nick Rumble, 88, of Hull, was a Royal Navy gunner with the Merchant Navy in the Second World War.

Mr Rumble said he was please to see US veterans at the commemoration.

He said: ‘It [the anniversary of D-Day] is always a good event, but a sad event.

‘Each individual has his own thoughts of days gone by.’